Skytek Technologies sells HS3200 UV printer at Media Expo 2022

2getherz buys first HS3200 UV roll-to-roll machine in North India

Santosh Nair, group director, and chief executive officer at Skytek Technologies with his team at SkyTek Stand. Photo: IPP
Santosh Nair, group director, and chief executive officer at Skytek Technologies with his team at SkyTek Stand. Photo: IPP

Media Expo is where the industry stakeholders come to see the new advertising trends and technologies coming to market. We met Santosh Nair, the group director and chief executive officer at Skytek Technologies, who confirmed that the show in Delhi was exciting for the company. It was the first show after the Media Expo in Mumbai, and he received good inquiries from industry visitors.

Skytek is known for UV inkjet printers, and it has its own branded inks called the BP Series. These include solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks manufactured by Toyo Inks. It also sells a CNC cutting machine named BigPrinter sourced from Russia.

Nair said, “At Media Expo, we have shown our presence in several applications. We are showing many value prepositions in print – in terms of best speeds, costing, and better color gamuts which are missing in many UV inkjet printers. We want to show the North Indian market our machine’s capabilities. We are also displaying that our prints are PVC-free and displaying output on fabrics, which is again non-PVC. Skytek acts like a consultant to all machine buyers, and very soon, it will be a premium brand that maintains very logical pricing for its printers. We work closely with customers to develop their business models, and are transparent about the pricing and with no hidden costs..”

On the first day of the Media Expo, Skytek sold its HS3200 UV printer, a 3.2 meters roll-to-roll UV machine, to 2getherz. New Delhi-based 2getherz Marketing is considered among the eminent manufacturers and wholesalers of quality signboards, digital signage, flex boards, and acrylic letter boards.

Parveen Sharma, director of 2togetherz marketing, said, “At 2getherz, we provide all kinds of output like UV printing, and flex printing, using solvent inks and others. Our reason for joining Skytek was the quality of print that Skytek’s printer provides and also its strong technical team. In the coming years, people will move towards sustainability with UV and create a greener environment. We are preparing ourselves for the future by considering the massive change that will take place in the ecosystem after installing this machine. And, this is the first Skytek machine to be installed in the Northern part of India.” 

Rajnish Nigam, co-founder, and COO, Engigo (Left) and Rakesh Jhamnani, founder and CEO of Engigo (Right) at Skytek’s Stand in Media Expo 2022. Photo: IPP
Rajnish Nigam, co-founder, and COO, Engigo (Left) and Rakesh Jhamnani, founder and CEO of Engigo (Right) at Skytek’s Stand in Media Expo 2022.
Photo: IPP

On the second day of the expo, Skytek announced the presence of Engigo at its stand. Engigo is a service-based organization to provide all kinds of technical support to the printing industry. The company was launched by Rakesh Jhamnani, founder and CEO of Engigo, and Rajnish Nigam, co-founder, and COO, of Engigo, in 2022 as the first company that provides a 24×7 technical support and helpline to the printing industry in the country.

Engigo mainly focuses on the digital print industry, including eco-solvent, solvent, and UV inkjet printers, and helps automate and streamline the equipment’s effective servicing. Rakesh Jhamnani said, “In Media Expo, we have launched this service portal which has a 24×7 helpline number to address the needs of printers. We have a team of 20 engineers who are experts in digital print. Of these, ten experts handle the calls and solve the queries of printers by assisting them in the best manner possible. We are also planning to introduce an app for printers to book the engineers. It will also allow print businesses to access the actual status and the entire logs of previous maintenance and queries.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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